Grateful Dead Live at Mill Valley Recreation Center on 1980-12-06
Betty Cantor-Jackson's Master Audience Cassette > DAT > CDR; EAC'ed / SHN'ed by Scott Clugston
Subject: Ice cream?
Subject: Betty AUD
Subject: powerful waves of positive energy
I love these guys!
The urge to play "To Lay Me Down" must have been strong. Somehow Jerry resisted ...
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: great performance
Throughout the set, which is well-played but nothing utterly remarkable, we get that commentary, those words thrown around that help define and crystallize this atmosphere -
"thank you to the clowns..."
"play some rock n roll..."
And plus, if you've ever seen that famous photo form the Mill Valley Rec Center, there's that ubiquitous stealie sticker on the wheelchair...
Bird Song comes off best in this performance, but it's the general mise-en-scene of this show that makes it such a treasure.
Subject: Simply Magical
Subject: Beautiful performance, great sound--but only for the best sound system
If you are sitting in a quiet room with big speakers, the sound quality is f**king amazing and you will love this. However--if you are riding in an ordinary car, or if you are listening while cooking, or while cleaning, or while mowing the lawn, or even while taking the train somewhere...it becomes really hard to hear the songs. You have to have excellent speakers, no local noise, or turn your normal speakers up real damn loud to hear the music.
So 5 for performance, 3 for finicky sound quality that demands an extremely good sound system, avg = 4.
Subject: This Is Very Good
Subject: Great Acoustic Set
This is a great show for a car ride, and with the speakers dialed in (especially for those with BOSE or upgrade radios) this one is a treat!
Yeah its the same acoustic set list as usual, but this just has "the sound" even without knowing where or who the audience was.
Thank you again archive and all involved in providing this recording. "Grateful Dead Shows on This Day in History" is the greatest invention for the internet EVER!
Subject: Good performance of run-of-the-mill setlist
Subject: Mill Valley Rec. Center
Subject: great sound
Subject: Once upon a time...
Subject: Great stuff
Subject: What a nice show
Subject: classic GD
Subject: I Want Rock and Roll
i give the performance 5 for sure
the movie---check it out
Subject: Crazy good acoustic set
Subject: here's the picture from this gig
Subject: Christmas, Clowns, Charity and The Grateful Dead
Subject: I really dig the intimacy of this recording
But it's the incidental nature of the performance and the recording that I love about this one. Yes, I've heard them play these songs before -- and with far better sound quality -- but this feels like how this music was meant to be enjoyed.
Subject: truly beautiful
there are many great renditions of songs here, enough that it's foolish to mention them individually in my opinion. just get this downloaded to your computer, and enjoy....
Subject: Bread and Roses
Subject: A gem of a show
Subject: great show
Subject: This day in history.
Incidentally, if you like this you've got to check out Jerry's 'Not For Kids Only' CD with David Grisman.
Subject: This is why I love Archive.org
This is the Dead playing for pure fun at a small holiday party. This is not in a big hall, but in a suburban community center in front of a small group of kids and parents and a few local fans who probably heard a wild rumor that the Dead would be at the rec center. The woman introducing the band tells the audience to quiet down because there is no sound system. She knows that they are big rock stars and knows Jerry is the lead, but is unsure of Bob's last name. The band then goes on to do a fabulous set. Very, very few of us ever saw the Dead at a venue like this!
Like the Warfield/Radio City gigs, Cassidy and Bird Song are the summit of the set. Cassidy is a great done accousticly. (As Jerry says here, it's sort of like rock and roll.) And Bird Song smokes. But every song in this set is well played and well sung. Pure 5-star material.
As for the sound, this recording is better than many audience recordings that people rave about. The main audio problem is some clipping in places. The fact that there is a recording of this event at all is amazing, let alone the remarkable fact that we can download it.
Subject: Gotta love it!
Subject: Garcia and Wire
Subject: Wonderful Bird Song
Nice show to have but is too audience sounding for me.
Subject: Amazing show!
As for listening, good headphones are a REQUIREMENT! How else would you hear the kid telling Jerry "I want rock-n-roll." Jerry responds with "This is kind of like rock-n-roll...this next tune" before launching into Cassidy. Lots of great stuff going on all through the show that you would certainly miss without headphones. At the end of the Ripple track, the emcee hands out certificates of appreciation, but Brent is already gone - "Where's Brent," she asks and is shocked at how "shy" the band is. Phil responds "Years of practice, ma'am. Years of practice!" It's funny, too, that the band wasn't even the "headline" act - Santa Claus was!
To add to the provenance of this cassette tape, it was found in one of Betty's siezed storage lockers and the original CD in circulation also contains Reckoning alternate mixes found in the same box.
Subject: send in the clowns
Subject: Mill Valley Recreation Center
Subject: Mill Valley Rec Center
Anyway, beyond all that, the jam in Birdsong alone makes this 5 stars...get this now.
Subject: I would'a loved to hav'ben ther'
Subject: 10 stars
The Dead were cool to say the least to play a nice not for kids only set for the faithful who were there.Who was there?
Jerry introduces the band.
This a must for your expensive headphones.
This is probally the only recording?
A real Betty-Audience.
Jonathan Aizen must be Jerry,I have finally figured it out.
Were there even tickets printed for this night?
The band sounds like they are playin for kids.
Other special shows would be JGB Oregon'82 prison show,etc.
Subject: Quaint Show
Subject: Mill Valley Rec Center
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